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Moses Without the Supernatural — Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Timed for a Christmas season release, director Ridley Scott's intended blockbuster, Exodus: Gods and Kings hit the big screens this past weekend. On its opening weekend...Read this essay →

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“To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry”

So many moments of our lives pass with almost no sense of significance. The twenty four hours in a day fade into the memory of...Read this essay →

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The Only Intelligible Explanation for the Incarnation: A. T. Robertson on the Virgin Birth of Christ

The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust...Read this essay →

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The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation

This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014, hours after the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury announcement. The grand jury decision...Read this essay →

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Sexual Orientation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

I recently addressed a major national conference on "The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage" held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of...Read this essay →

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In Defense of Marriage and the Rule of Law — The Importance of Making the Right Argument

Some arguments just have to be made, and made well. In the case of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the...Read this essay →

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What the Election Reveals About Us, and Why We Vote as We Do

Campaigning over the weekend, President Obama said, “The American people are with us on all the big issues.” He continued, “You know it. I know...Read this essay →

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Halloween and the Dark Side — What Should Christians Think?

Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Hermann Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction...Read this essay →

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Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word "sermons" from the...Read this essay →

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The Vindication of Antonin Scalia — A Sad Milestone for Marriage and Morality

A giant milestone in the moral revolution passed today when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down every single appeal from several states on the issue of...Read this essay →

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Faith on Earth — The Urgent Mission of Theological Education

There are few words more formal than inauguration and few occasions that can compare to the beginning of something so recognizably important as this –...Read this essay →

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Homosexuality as Dividing Line — The Inescapable Issue

The vote to declare that the New Heart Community Church of La Mirada, California "does not presently meet the definition of a cooperating church" came...Read this essay →

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Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis

Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular...Read this essay →

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The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen -- this...Read this essay →

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Lead with Empathy, Love Your Neighbor, Let the Truth Come Out — A Response to Ferguson

From a modified transcript of today's edition of The Briefing:   I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the...Read this essay →

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Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

In an ominous development Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis...Read this essay →

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‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once...Read this essay →

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The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty — and a Very Revealing Divide on the Court

Today's decision in the Hobby Lobby case represents a huge win for religious liberty in America, and the 5-4 decision will now stand as a...Read this essay →

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Baptist Polity and the Integrity of the Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention meeting last week in Baltimore was, in itself, a lesson in Baptist polity. The organizational structure of the Convention is directly...Read this essay →

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There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held...Read this essay →

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Ten Books for Eager Reading — The 2014 Summer Reading List

G. K. Chesterton once wisely remarked that "there is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and...Read this essay →

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“So Peter Opened His Mouth” — The Preacher’s Calling Reduced to Five Powerful Words

The Bible presents an astonishingly simple method of preaching. In Nehemiah 8:8 we read that Ezra and his fellow preachers "read from the book, from...Read this essay →

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Commonplaces: Evelyn Waugh the Young Atheist

Evelyn Waugh, who would become one of the best-known British writers of his age, chronicled the decline and fall of the British aristocracy in works...Read this essay →

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Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

"It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or...Read this essay →

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“I Feel Super Great About Having an Abortion” — The Culture of Death Goes Viral

Emily Letts is a 25-year-old abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey whose video has gone viral. These days, videos go...Read this essay →

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Constitutional Wisdom and Common Sense on Ceremonial Prayer — An Important Victory

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that prayer before the opening of a legislative body does not violate the U....Read this essay →

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God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines

Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions,...Read this essay →

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It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship

The so-called "Gospel of Jesus's Wife" is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism...Read this essay →

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Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)

One of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. “I am amazed that...Read this essay →

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Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

My first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I...Read this essay →

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